Tata Chemicals has signed a non-exclusive agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation for the latter’s lithium-ion cell technology. Under this agreement, ISRO will transfer the technology to Tata Chemicals which will utilise the knowhow to manufacture lithium-ion cells, Tate Chemicals said in a statement Monday.
The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, a part of ISRO, has developed the technology to produce space grade lithium ion cells of various kinds, to power its rockets and satellites.
Under this MoU, ISRO would transfer the technology to Tata Chemicals so that it may utilise the knowhow for the manufacture of lithium-ion cells in India. VSSC, ISRO would be providing this technology to TCL on a non-exclusive basis, to manufacture cells of varying capacity, size, energy density and power density—catering to a wide spectrum of power storage requirements.
Currently, Indian manufacturers source lithium-ion batteries from China, Japan and South Korea among some other countries. India is one of the largest importers and in 2017, it imported nearly US$ 150 million worth of Li-ion batteries.
Last year, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and RAASI Solar Power signed an MoU for transfer of technology for India’s first Li-ion battery project. Of late, many other companies have also announced their Li-ion cell manufacturing ventures in India.
Delhi based Avanze Inventive will set up the Lithium-ion cells manufacturing unit in the state of Andhra Pradesh with the help of the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB). The plant, with total size of 1 GW, will entail a total investment of Rs 1800 crore (US$ 256 million).
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